Man charged in deadly crash was target of drug investigation
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 10:35am
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a Springfield man charged with fleeing from officers and causing a deadly Springfield crash had been the target of a drug investigation.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 54-year-old Tommy Morris Jr. is charged with second-degree murder and two drug charges. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
University of Missouri-Kansas City announces job cuts
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 10:30am
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to eliminate 17 academic and administrate jobs.
The Kansas City Star reports that this week's announcement is in response to the University of Missouri System announcing broad cuts last year across the four-campus system in Columbia, Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City. The cuts left officials on the Kansas City campus looking for about a 3 percent reduction from each school, college and division. The system's flagship campus in Columbia said the cuts there would be much deeper.
Homeless man convicted in 2015 Springfield killing
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 10:25am
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A homeless man has been convicted in the stabbing and beating death of a Springfield woman whose body was found stuffed underneath a mattress at her home.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that jurors found 41-year-old Andrew Jensen guilty Thursday of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2015 death of Kathi Jones.
Wanted felon arrested in Osage County for meth possession
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 9:51am
OSAGE COUNTY - The Osage Sheriff's Office arrested a wanted felon out of Callaway County Thursday night.
According to the Osage County Sheriff's Office, deputies received information hat 26-year-old Shane W. Vandelicht of Fulton was at a home on Highway 89 North near Highway 50.
Two arrested in Centralia on suspicion of drug trafficking
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 9:04am
CENTRALIA - Two people were arrested for drug trafficking in Centralia Thursday night.
According to the Centralia Police Department, 30-year-olds Kenneth Petska and Madison Putnam, both of Columbia, were arrested at around 8 p.m. with help from a K-9 team. Officers reported finding nearly 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine in their vehicle.
Jefferson City parents learn how to keep their teen drivers safe
Posted on 19 April 2018 at 9:03pm
JEFFERSON CITY - A traffic safety education program, First Impact, taught parents the ins and outs of putting their teen behind the wheel Thursday night.
Parents gathered at Jefferson City High School to learn first hand what it takes to reduce the likelihood of their child getting in a new-driver crash.
Lawmakers react to judge's decision in Greitens case
Posted on 19 April 2018 at 9:01pm
JEFFERSON CITY - Judge Rex Burlison, 22nd Judicial Circuit (St. Louis City), ruled Thursday not to dismiss the criminal case against Gov. Eric Greitens despite his attorney’s dismissal request.
The investigation will continue, but the judge said there has “clearly been violations” by the state.
Mixer celebrates success of community "passport program"
Posted on 19 April 2018 at 8:46pm
COLUMBIA - Boone County youth and adults gather together to share experiences from different backgrounds, in light of national conversations surrounding racial bias.
The Matters of Social Justice committee hosted the Mid-Journey Mixer Thursday. The evening marked the halfway point for individuals participating in the the organization’s series of experiences.
Osage School teacher charged with two sexual felonies
Posted on 19 April 2018 at 6:23pm
LAKE OZARK - An Osage School teacher is being charged with 1st degree statutory sodomy and a second charge of sexual contact with a student.
During an interview at the Miller County Sheriff's office, Mark Alan Edwards admitted to having inappropriate contact with students at School of the Osage.
UMKC lays off 17 professors, administrators
Posted on 19 April 2018 at 4:03pm
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is cutting 17 professors and administrators.
University officials said this week that most of the jobs eliminated will be faculty positions, with about a half dozen being administrators.